SW Comms


Lympstone, a picturesque village on the Exe estuary between Exeter and Exmouth, boasts a brass band whose origins can be traced back over a hundred years. The parish log records the Lympstone Band performing at the Harvest Home and the Sunday School feast in the summer of 1889.

The Band, now known as SW Comms Band, is sponsored by SW Comms and is the highest ranked brass band in Devon. Currently in the First Section and under the baton of Chris Spreadbury, it competes at the highest level, most notably winning four trophies, including Best Overall Performance at the 17th SWBBA Exmouth Festival in September 2016. The Band is a regular guest at the biennial Classics Galore! concert in aid of Force, with the next concert at The Great Hall, University of Exeter in November 2017 and has become a popular guest on the Radio Devon Christmas Day Broadcast. Moreover, the Band makes regular appearances at Sandy Park, home of the highly successful Exeter Chiefs. There will undoubtedly be local appearances this summer and carolling at Christmas. SW Comms Band is looking forward to representing the South West at the National Brass Band Championships in September at Cheltenham, having won the Area Contest in Torquay in March 2017. There is a thriving training band, open to youngsters and adults alike, rehearsing in the Bandroom at Lympstone on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon.

First Nationals appearances since 2012 (Section 2), first ever appearance at S1. Total of 6 previous Nationals appearances. Best Nationals result: winning S4 1999. Qualified for Nationals for first time in 1997, S4 3 years in succession 1997-1999.

Principal Players

Principal Cornet Andrew Stark 

Soprano Cornet Paul Luford 

Flugel Frances Bard

Solo Horn Sandie Heyworth

Euphonium Colin McEwen

Baritone Brent Heyworth 

First Trombone Dougie Williams 

Eb Bass Mathew Hawkins